The RESTORE Food Pantry and Thrift Shop will re-open this coming Tuesday, January 24th. It will open under new the management of co-directors Dan Yost and Maritza Rivera, with the help of many former and new volunteers. RESTORE will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM. We wish this re-launch of our RESTORE program will experience every success, and thanks to our crew of volunteers for making the re-launch a reality.

Chili Cook-Off This Sunday …
There will be a Chili Cook-Off this coming Sunday, January 22, after church in Crichton Fellowship Hall. Thanks to the Care Committee who is sponsoring this hour of fellowship, and a chance to get re-connected with Pastor Merritt who returns to the pulpit this Sunday.

… And Future Care Committee Events
The Care Committee have planned some additional fellowship events for early in the year. On Sunday, February 12th, they will be holding a special Valentine’s Day catered Lunch immediately after Sunday service. In March, tentatively on March 12th, you are invited to a Baked Potato Bar in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. The Care Committee will also be working with our local Cub Scout Pack to plan a special fundraiser sometime in the Spring. Watch for more details about these future events.

Youth Sunday
Our RUMC Youth Group, R.U.S.H., will be leading our Worship Service on Sunday, January 29th. Please note that January 29th is also a Fifth Sunday, which means a “noisy offering” for the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home.

Our Methodist Men Report
The Methodist Men completed their “No Christmas Tree Sale” campaign and collected $3,400. This money was immediately plowed back into the church’s general fund to defray our end-of-year obligations. 
The men are planning another Flapjack Fundraiser on a Saturday in March—the date to be determined—and they are also planning their annual “Manly Man Yard Sale” for Saturday, May 6th. We will soon be collecting items for the yard sale, so here’s a way to get rid of your old tools, sporting equipment, furniture, and appliances.

New Appointments
Jack Findlay has agreed to be our new Building Usage Coordinator for 2017, and David Burt has accepted the post of Trustee Chair for the coming year. Blessings on these men as they continue to support the infrastructure of the church! (A complete list of our 2017 RUMC Leadership can be found on the About Us page.)

Join the Women’s Retreat in February
A group of RUMC ladies, headed by Sharon Cayce, are planning to attend the Florida Conference Women’s Retreat on February 10-12th. The retreat will be held at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park, Florida. The Reverend Juana Jordan will be the keynote speaker, and there will be Bible study, music, devotional times, and enrichments. You can find out more information and even register online 
at this link. And you can contact Sharon at to become part of the RUMC delegation.

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Pastors Message
About Us

8002 U. S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL  33578  813-677-5995
Sunday Services
Faith Groups/Sunday School, 9:00 AM-9:55 AM
Relationships/Refreshment, 10:00 AM-10:25 AM
Worship Service, 10:30 AM
Hispanic Worship Service
 12:00 Noon

Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor
Norma Encarcion, Lay Speaker, 
Hispanic Congregation

Here at Riverview First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to win people to Christ, to train believers to become disciples, and to send disciples to impact our community and the world for Jesus Christ.
Download the February, 2017
BELL Newsletter from this link.
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Calendar of Upcoming Events

Sunday, January 22
Sunday Service.  (Pastor Merritt Returns), Sanctuary, 10:30 AM
Chili Cook-Off.  Crichton Fellowship Hall, 11:45 AM.

Tuesday, January 24
RESTORE Re-Opens.  Food Pantry & Thrift Store, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
Staff-Parish Relations Committee.  Library, 6:30 PM

Sunday January 29
Youth Sunday.  Sanctuary, 10:30 AM

Tuesday, January 31
Vision Meeting.  Library, 10:00 AM

Friday, February 10—
Sunday, February 12
Women’s Retreat at Fruitland Park.  4991 Picciola Road, Fruitland Park, Florida.

Sunday, February 12
Valentine’s Day Luncheon. Crichton Fellowship Hall, 11:45 AM
Download the Prayer Tree for 
January 22 from this link.
Bible Passage of the Week
No Condemnation for Those in Christ Jesus

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Romans 8:1-8 (New American Standard)
The 2016 RUMC Christmas Cantata on YouTube.
The You Tube Video of the Boots Musical Service at RUMC on January 8, 2017.
You Tube Videos Courtesy of Dave Burt.